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Residents Should Continue to Practice Social Distancing

Baltimore County’s Department of Recreation and Parks today announced a series of updates to the status of its facilities as the County continues its safe and gradual reopening.

As the weather warms, more facilities will be open for recreational activities, though residents should continue to be safe and practice social distancing.

As of today, the following County facilities are now open: 

  • Playgrounds
  • Outdoor tennis courts
  • Basketball courts (residents should anticipate about two weeks to complete installation of rims)
  • Other surface courts
  • All fields and diamonds
  • Pavilions and picnic areas
  • Dog parks
  • Skate parks
  • Horseshoe pits
  • RC/Model Plane Areas
  • Lifeguarded swimming at Rocky Point
  • Restrooms in regional parks
  • Outdoor accessible restroom facilities will be opened in conjunction with scheduled permitted activities and as regular need demands.

Use of Pavilions for Worship in the Park Services 

In an effort to help local religious organizations find safe outdoor spaces to worship, Baltimore County is opening access to outdoor pavilions at some County parks.

Local religious organizations may request a permit to use a park pavilion for regular religious services only. 

These gatherings will be limited to 50 percent of each pavilion’s maximum occupancy.

Beginning today, religious organizations will be able to make reservations for the weekends of June 19 and June 26, at the following locations free of charge, and on a first-come, first-served basis: 

  • Eastern Regional Park
  • Fort Howard Park
  • Honeygo Regional Park
  • Kingsville Park
  • Meadowood Regional Park
  • Northwest Regional Park
  • Oregon Ridge Park
  • Reisterstown Regional Park
  • Rockdale Park
  • Rosedale Park
  • Southwest Area Park
  • Sweet Air Park

More information and permit request forms are available on the County’s website.

Use of Pavilions for the Public Starting July 4

Beginning today, all pavilion rentals are available to be reserved by the public starting July 4.

More information and permit request forms are available on the County’s website.

Grab–and-Go Recreation Kits

The Department of Recreation and Parks today announced the creation of Grab-and-Go Recreation Kits, a new, free opportunity to provide youth with more activities to safely enjoy the outdoors.

Beginning Saturday, June 13 through July 22, young people can take part in these easy and free activities including the Ravens Fitness Flock (begins June 22), Locomotor Skills Obstacle Course, Nature Bingo, Butterfly Ring and Tissue Paper Flower Craft, and Recreation Rocks.

To find a location near you to pick up a premade kit, to learn how to make your own kit at home, or for more information, please email grabandgo-rp@baltimorecountymd.gov or visit the Department's website.

Supplies are limited and if you are unable to get a Grab-and-Go Kit, please email grabandgo-rp@baltimorecountymd.gov to make additional arrangements. 

Stay Safe

To the extent possible, residents should continue to practice social distancing and face coverings should be worn at park locations, especially when social distancing is not feasible.

Failure to adhere to these guidelines may result in removal from park property.

The Department will continue to follow all State Executive Orders related to recreational activities.


Sixty-two participating restaurants will offer specials from January 18 through February 2, ranging from $15 to $35.

At the new Michael’s Café in Middle River, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski announced that the 17th Baltimore County Restaurant Week will begin on Friday, January 18. At the kick-off, Olszewski was joined by promotion partners Brent Howard, from the Baltimore County Chamber and Todd Collins of RestaurantReputations. Sixty-two Baltimore County restaurants have joined the winter promotion.

The participating restaurants from across the County will feature special menus at discounted, fixed prices, offering one to three course brunch, lunch and dinner specials ranging from $15 to $35. 

“Foodies and patrons alike look forward to Restaurant Week—it’s a great time for them to experience places they’ve been meaning to try—or return to an old favorite—at a big savings,” stated Olszewski. “We hope people across Baltimore County will experience the diverse cuisines our communities have to offer and support our local restaurant industry.”

“Baltimore County’s restaurants provide not only enjoyment for its patrons, but employment to 27,556 workers in its 1,613 establishments,” said Howard. “The restaurant industry is big business in Baltimore County, bringing in $1.6 billion in sales yearly.”

View a list of all participating restaurants and their menus, and place your reservations.

Other partners for the promotion include the Baltimore County Office of Tourism and Promotion, Lanterna Wine Distributors, Bond Distributing Company, Downtown Diane, The Restaurant Association of Maryland and CITYpeek.


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017